Thanks to Theresa and her family for my DVD set of “Bob,” the awesome forgotten 1992 sitcom from Bob Newhart, in which he played a comic book artist!
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Gee, I’m slow in my old age. (What was my excuse before?) I’m pretty sure most of my classmates will have completed comic books tonight. I’ve done the finished artwork on 2 1/2 pages, have drawn up to page 6, and still have to draw pages 7 and 8. Oh, and I guess I have to draw a cover. Should be easy to do in 2 weeks, as long as I stop getting distracted by shiny objects.
I know everyone’s sick of looking at the same handful of panels, but I’m still experimenting with ink. I liked the look of my Elmo cartoon yesterday, which was done with my Kuretake brush pen. Its softness lends itself to looser, thicker lines, so even if I’m tracing a pencil drawing, it’s bound to feel less stiff. There’s still a part of me that wants to get that smooth crowquill look of, say, Blondie or Pogo, but at my current skill level I should probably either go for the looser look, or give up and ink on the computer.
I’m torn. Inking is fun, and I’ll get better with practice, but I feel like I’m sucking the spontaneity out of my sketches. My life drawing teacher mentioned that some particular artist (I have the memory of a 35-year-old) would sketch just the important points and curves of a figure, and then would connect those curves with swift, smooth strokes of ink instead of “chicken scratches.” So I think my next experiment will be to pencil by placing enough landmarks to ground my inking, but with enough gaps to allow me to feel a little more free with my hand.